Pain-Free Wisdom Teeth Removal from a Recommended Oral Surgeon in Michigan
If your child is between the ages of 17 and 25 or is preparing to receive braces, we may recommend wisdom teeth removal.
Wisdom teeth are the very back set of molars that emerge.
Often times there is not enough room in the jaw for them to come in. As a result, they can sometimes come in sideways or become impacted.
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to pain, infection or may damage adjacent teeth or roots. Removing wisdom teeth in the teen years provides faster recovery and can prevent issues that are likely to surface and cause bigger problems as an adult.
Wisdom Teeth are Simply a Third Set of Molars
Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt. They vary in shape and size from person to person, and some lucky people never get them. This third set of molars appears between puberty and early adulthood unless they are stuck in place. If your jaw is small, your third molars may be blocked by other teeth, your gums, the bone of your jaw or other pathologies. This is referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can become very painful.
Why Get Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
There are several reasons your dentist or orthodontist may recommend you have your wisdom teeth removed. In many cases, it is a preventative procedure. If you are about to invest in braces or other teeth straightening services, allowing your wisdom teeth to grow in may cause more crowding and either interfere with or undo the orthodontic work you are investing in.
If you are an adult and your wisdom teeth came in properly, you may have trouble cleaning them. Because they are so far back in your jaw, it is difficult to get a toothbrush back there, especially if your toothbrush is large. This makes wisdom teeth prone to bacteria and decay. In some cases, adults with wisdom teeth experience problems with cheek biting.
Wisdom Teeth Removal is Performed in Office with Local or General Anesthesia
Depending on your situation, we can remove wisdom teeth while you are awake or while you are asleep. We are happy to discuss your treatment options well in advance of the procedure so you know what to expect and can plan accordingly. We perform both types of wisdom teeth removal in our local dental and oral surgery office.